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The effects of trace metals in urbanization-related soil contamination on urban birds

Bruining, J.G. (2017) The effects of trace metals in urbanization-related soil contamination on urban birds. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

Due to urbanization, the increased trace metal elements in the birds’ habitat are another major threat to local avifauna. Trace metals such as lead and iron contaminate air, soil and flora, and thus also a bird’s diet. In this paper I focus on what physiological differences an urban-living bird possesses that enables it to better withstand trace metals than a non-urban bird. Which metals are most harmful, and through which factors or mechanisms does an urban bird prevent toxic trace metals from accumulating? Answers are found in pigments as agents of transporting metals, as well as physiological ‘buffers’ that originate from the immune system.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:31
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:31
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/15783

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